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Fall 2021
Oct 05,2022
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(FORMERLY INTD302) This course is an introduction to contemporary Indian life and culture. It provides a scaffold for the subsequent courses on sustainable development and social movements that comprise of the India Study Abroad semester program. The course will also serve as a springboard for many field study project ideas. Through a combination of readings, lectures, films, field study experiences, reflection journals, and assignments, students will gain foundational knowledge about contemporary India and its complex and often contradictory contexts. At the same time, the course will explore the ways in which contemporary India's strengths and weaknesses are rooted in its extensive, complicated history. Any course on Indian culture must be premised on both its contemporary image and the historical precedents that influence and impact India's current social, political, and economic realities. Through this course, students will explore the key facets of modern Indian life and culture — social structures, economic issues, geographic constraints, and religious and philosophical traditions. By studying the political, social, cultural and religious history (from pre-colonial to postcolonial times) and the varied geography of the subcontinent, students will gain a framework for understanding Indian civilization and Be able to relate this knowledge to the political, social and economic challenges in modern Indian society. Introduction to the local language, Kannada will be a key component of this course. While urban India is largely conversant in English, rural life is quite different, with most villagers speaking only their local or regional language. Students will be able to have more meaningful experiences in rural Karnataka by gaining some basic knowledge of conversational Kannada. There will be 5 formal hours of language instruction during the first course, followed by practice sessions on the Fireflies campus and through trips to local markets and villages.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate

Interdisciplinary Studies Department

Course Attributes:
Gen Ed 2018, Gen Ed 18-Global Awareness, OLD GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     

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